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The Flower of My Secret

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET is a surprisingly restrained film (no drag queens, raunchy sex, or murders) from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodvar, and is considered one of his best. Romance novelist Leo (Marisa Paredes) experiences a nervous breakdown when she realizes her U.N. peacekeeper husband (Imanol Arias) no longer loves her, and the morbid novel she has just finished will never be accepted by her profit-minded publisher. Depressed, alcoholic, and suicidal, she begins to write for a Spanish newspaper under a pseudonym, starting with a scathing critique of her previous, best-selling work. The paper's hard-drinking, overweight editor ngel (Juan Echanove) falls in love with Leo, never realizing the "flower of her secret"--that her other pen name is Amanda Gris, and that she is the writer of the romance novels he loves. The delightful cast includes Rossy De Palma and Chus Lampreave--hilarious as Leo's constantly bickering sister and mother--and Carmen Elas as her best friend, a woman who trains doctors in soliciting organ donations from grieving relatives. Almodvar fills this beautiful film with sharply realized scenes, rich helpings of Spanish flavor, and a vibrant compassion for his characters.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 00972

  • Credits
    Marisa Paredes, Carmen Elas, Carmen Elias, Juan Echanove
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] darkly comic and uncommonly tender tale..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Deliberately finer-grained and more mature....Marisa Paredes gives a performance of great interior power..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[Almodovar] returns to form....As tart as ever..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...It's Almodovar's most committed work in years..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...Propelled by stellar performances and a script that resonates with intelligence, subtlety and surprises..."

    "...For Almodovar color is a wholly serious index to the soul, which is more unguardedly on display here than ever before in his work..."
    Film Comment

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